Woods wins Tour Championship, Rose tops FedExCup
In what will be remembered as one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history, 42-year-old Tiger Woods has ended a 1876 day victory drought winning the Tour Championship by two strokes from Billy Horschel at the Eastlake Golf Club today.
It is Woods’ 80th PGA Tour victory and his first win on any Tour since August 2013 when he claimed his eighth Bridgestone Invitational title. The former world number one is now just two wins short of Sam Snead’s record 82 PGA Tour victories.
Woods also narrowly missed winning the $10 million FedExCup Playoff title with Justin Rose needing to play his final two holes in 1-under to snatch the title away from Woods.
“It’s certainly up there with obviously all the major championships I’ve won, Players, World Golf Championships. But this is under different circumstances,” said Woods.
“You know, I’ve explained throughout the year that I just didn’t know whether — when this would ever happen again. If I could somehow piece together a golf swing this year, I felt like I could do it.”
“My hands are good enough, and I just didn’t know if I could piece together a golf swing. But somehow I’ve been able to do that, and here we are.”
Rose parred the 17th and then got a lucky bounce out of the par 5th, 18th greenside bunker to leave him with two putts to secure a birdie four and golf’s richest prize.
“I think the reason I’m sort of standing here today as FedExCup is largely to do with the consistency with which I’ve played, a ton of top 10s,” said Rose.
“Obviously had a couple of wins on the PGA TOUR, as well, this year, and managed to keep that going into the Playoffs with finishing the year with three top 5s.”
“There were a lot of scenarios at play. That’s what the beauty of this format is. I think obviously for me this year it rewarded consistent golf.”
Rose finished inside the top-5 nine times this season including three times in the FedExCup Playoffs to amass US$8,130,678 in prize money on the PGA Tour alone not counting the $10 million he wins as the FedExCup champion.
Woods’ playing partner Rory McIlroy was looking in ominous form all week but the final round nerves got to him again as he fell into a share of 7th following a final round 4-over 74.
Justin Rose and Tiger Woods celebrate their wins (Credit: PGA Tour)
Despite heading into the final round with a three-shot lead and then making the turn five shots clear of Rose, it wasn’t all smooth-sailing for Woods.
The 14-time major champ bogeyed the 10th hole but was able to get back a shot at the 13th before almost putting his tee shot in the water at the 15th after coming up just short of the green.
He sent another shiver through the massive gallery with a bogey at the 16th but was able to grind out a par at the 17th and head to the par 5 18th hole with a two shot lead.
“I was pretty emotional when Rory was tapping out, he was finishing out. I looked around, and it was — the tournament was over because I’d already put the bunker shot on the green, and I’d won 80,” said Woods.
“80 is a big number. I’ve been sitting on 79 for about five years now, and to get 80 is a pretty damned good feeling.”
Former world number one Dustin Johnson had his chances at claiming the FedExCup title but it was a case of too little, too late as he finished in outright third place following a 3-under 67.
Jason Day was the best of the Aussies carding a final round 2-under 68 to finish in outright 18th place with Cameron Smith another two shots back in equal 20th. World Cup team member Marc Leishman closed with a 1-over 71 to share 21st place.